Panthers still lead for Brown

University of Pittsburgh Head Coach Dave Wannstedt hasn't been shy about his fondness for running the ball. He is perpetually searching for quality running backs. Bruising running back Zacchaeus Brown talks with the about the Pitt football program. Read on for details.

"I have scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas State, Ohio University, Georgia Tech and Troy State," stated bruising running back Zacchaeus Brown (5-foot-11 inches, 200 pounds) from Royal Palm High School in Royal Palm Beach, FL.

"Three schools standout to me: Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Panthers are still my favorite school. I like their offense and I think I would fit into their scheme. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt would be great to play for."

Brown rushed for 650 yards on 83 carries as a junior. He has been a two-year starter at running back. Zacchaeus is capable of running a 4.55 forty-yard dash and squatting 400 pounds.

"I was supposed to visit Pittsburgh in July but a few things fell through. I promised Coach (Charlie) Partridge that Pittsburgh would be my first official visit. I want to get up there early. I have always liked Pitt and they are really interested in me."

Brown is a leader on and off the field. He has an outstanding 3.4 grade point average. Zach is considered a powerful north-south runner with breakaway speed. The Wildcats finished with a 6-3 record last season.

"Wisconsin and Minnesota sound interesting and they really want me to visit. I want to be thorough during the recruiting process so I owe them a visit. I should take a look at them and compare them to Pittsburgh. They have been recruiting me pretty hard."

Zacchaeus is still in contact with the Panthers' class of 2006 member Tamarcus Porter. He recently spoke with "TJ" and he had great things to say about Pittsburgh. "He's up there now and loving it. I think TJ is going to make a big impact with them," said Brown. "It would be great to play with him and play together on the same offense."

Pitt has expressed interest in Brown's teammate Brandon Pendergrass (5-foot-9 inches, 185 pounds). Pendergrass (pictured-right) and Brown will split time in the Wildcats backfield. He's capable of playing running back, wide receiver and cornerback on the next level. Brandon already holds scholarship offers from Minnesota, Northwestern, Duke, Ohio University, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

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